Former Scotlandville football coach LaVanta Davis has been hired as the defensive coordinator/associate head coach at St. James High.
Davis declined comment on his new position but confirmed he had accepted the job on the staff of another ex-Scotlandville coach, Robert Valdez.
Valdez also confirmed Davis’ hiring was finalized Wednesday, completing a notable coaching reunion. Davis previously worked as an assistant to Valdez at West St. John and was on Valdez’s 2015 staff at Scotlandville before succeeding Valdez as the Hornets coach.
Davis led the Hornets to their best two-season football run in Class 5A and as an LHSAA school dating to the 1970s. He was 21-3 with a Division I runner-up finish and a berth in the Division I semifinals.
Scotlandville finished 9-2 last fall, its losses coming to Class 5A champion Zachary High in District 4-5A play and to Division I runner-up John Curtis in the Division I semifinals. The Hornets were unbeaten in 2016 before losing to Evangel Christian in the Division I final.
Legendary Wall coach dies
Dutton Wall, best known for leading Welsh to two LHSAA football title games, died Sunday.
Wall, 78, coached the Greyhounds to Class 2A runner-up finishes in 1989 and 1992. He also had coaching stints at Port Sulphur and most recently at Sacred Heart-Ville Platte.
With a career record of 274-153-2 in 38 seasons, Wall ranks 10th on Louisiana’s all-time wins list. Welsh lost to Jonesboro-Hodge in the 1989 Class 2A title game and to Coushatta in 1992. The Greyhounds won the 2A title last month in their first title-game berth since 1992.